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“The most singularly consoling doctrine in all of religion is the Christian belief that ‘Christ descended into hell.'”

– Ronald Rolheiser

That means that no matter how bad life is, or no matter how sinful or off course we are, Jesus is right there with us. When the disciples were huddled in fear after our Lord was Crucified, He came to them… “Jesus entered through the locked doors.” He stood right there in their midst and spoke the words “Peace be with you.”

One of the ways that the Lord does this today is through counseling. Is there any part of you that is trapped or stuck? A Catholic or faith based counselor can help you to open up and allow Jesus into your heart. Maybe you notice someone you love who is struggling with “issues”, anxiety, depression, anger, loss of a loved one, PTSD, mid-life crisis, aging, alcoholism, drug addiction, marriage trouble, eating disorders, gambling, sexual abuse or addiction, loneliness or isolation. In all of these forms of hell Jesus descends. You do not have to go through it alone.

If you would like Christ to descend into your own personal “hell” I invite you to encounter him in the Sacraments. Just ask and myself or your parish priest and would be glad to give you Anointing of the Sick, hear your Confession, and most importantly join with you at the Eucharist.

You don’t have to walk the journey alone,

Fr. Michael

I highly recommend the following faith-based counseling practices:

Psychological, Educational, Mind & Body

Kenneth A. De Luca, PH.D. & Associates, Inc.
Dr. De Luca is a Deacon in our Diocese and has been very helpful with a number of people for many different issues. His practice has a number of locations as well as a variety of specialists.
Offices in North Ridgeville, Elyria, Rocky River, Sandusky, Westlake
Phone: 440.327.1800 or 1.800.686.0327

Dr. Ray Guaremdi is a Psychologist located in Canton, OH.
A psychologist focuses on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. A clinical psychologist uses psychotherapy and other counseling skills to improve emotional and mental health.

Phone: (330) 966-8019 to schedule an appointment in Canton, OH, or to get more information.

General Psychiatry

Dr. Francis L. Mccafferty, MD:
31314 Center Ridge Rd, Cleveland, OH 44145
(440) 835-3892

Marriage & Family Counseling

Believe to Achieve Wellness – Kay D. Metzler, M.A.

Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling, School Counselor
Natural Family Planning Educator
2623 S. Arlington St., Suite 6
Akron, OH 44319

Sr./Dr. Carol Ann Killoran
Sr. Carol Ann is one of my go to counselors. I have had tremendous success with my refferals to her. She has been especially good for helping married couples work through difficulties.
5539 Sutton Ln, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
(440) 946-2384

Nicole Melchi MEd.MFT.LPCC-S.CGT.

Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisor
Certified Gottman Therapist

Sexual Addictions:

Dean Fazekas
Recovery Ohio
20800 Center Ridge Road Suite 322
Rocky River, OH 44116
(216) 256-3326

  • Sex Addiction
  • Multiple Addictions
  • Cybersex
  • Intimacy and Couples Issues
  • Affairs
  • Pornography
  • Compulsive Masturbation
  • Covert Incest
  • Money or Work Disorders

Treatment for Phobias & Disorders

Dr. Gene Benedetto, One Step At a Time
If you or someone you know is struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I have had good experience sending people to Dr. Gene Benedetto. He has helped people I know find great freedom through counseling and medication. There is a psychiatrist right on his staff which is so rare. His practice covers just about anything anyone would need.
8221 Brecksville Rd. Bldg. 4 #104 Brecksville, OH 44141 USA
(440) 526-0468

Coping with the Loss of A Loved One (especially a child)

Cornerstone of Hope
The absolute best place I know of for an entire family struggling with the death of a loved one, especially a young child/sibling.
5905 Brecksville Road Cleveland, OH 44131
(216) 524-4673

Christian Faith-Based Counseling in Lorain County

Pathways Counseling & Growth Center
312 Third Street Elyria, OH 44035 (Entrance on Holly Lane)
(440) 323-5707

Chemical Dependency, Mood Disorders and Family Counseling

Family Behavioral Services, LLC
The Licensed Staff of Family Behavioral Health Services has extensive experience and training in providing professional mental health services in chemical dependency, mood disorders and family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults.
Jefferson Park Complex 6559 C Wilson Mills Rd. Suite 102 Mayfield Village, OH 44143

Trauma Therapy and Post-Abortion Counseling

Nellie Cruz-Krawczynski (Kra-shin-ski) MSW, LISW
She is Catholic & bilingual in Spanish and English and specializes in trauma therapy and post-abortion counseling.
North Coast Family Foundation (Christian based) 6929 West 130th Street, Suite 500 Parma Heights, OH 44130


Lauren Loboda, Life Coach

Other Counselors throughout the Diocese of Cleveland:

  • Ken Buzzelli, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, 2305 Aurora Road, Twinsburg, 330-425-7111
  • Dr. Redle, Addiction Specialist,  2321 2nd Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-926-0760
  • Dan Dolesh, Life Coach, 3690 Orange Place Suite (Chagrin and 271), Beachwood, 216-464-5190
  • Kathleen McGraw, Divorces/Annulments,  5564 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Hts, 440-473-9675
  • Paul J Divincenzo Ph.D., Kids/Teens, 5311 Northfield Rd, Bedford, 216-518-3900
  • James Rodio MD, Catholic Board Certified Psychiatrist, Center for Effective Living, 20800 Westgate Professional Center Suite 200, Fairview Park, 440-333-4949
  • Suzy Benson, Counselor, Ed.S, LPCC, Balance Counseling, LLC., 13 East Main Street, Suite 4, Hudson, OH 44236,(330) 346-3723
  • Dr. Tim King – (330) 966-8677
  • Luke Brown, LPCC-Children, Adolescents, College Students, Couples and Families.
  • John Bertschler, PhD-Pyschologist, P.O. Box 33752 North Royalton, Ohio 44133,
    Ph: 440-570-4438,
  • Acron Alley II, Group Sessions, Counselor, Grief, 135 East Erie St., Suite 302 Kent, OH 44240
  • ADM Board, 330-564-4052
  • Akron General Hospital, Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy, Psychiatrist,  General, Mon-Thurs. 4 hours/day for a 2-week program or longer if needed
  • Altieri and Associates Counseling and Psychology, 720 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221, 330-928-9304
  • Catholic Charities Counseling, Chloe Brown, 330-762-7481
  • Child Guidance and Family Solutions, Elana Aslandies-Kandis, 18 N. Forge St. Akron Ohio 44304, 330-762-0591,,
  • Dr. Steven Graevich, Child Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Children, Family Canter by the Falls, 440-543-3400
  • Info line 211, Bringing People and Services Together, 703 S. Main St. Suite 211, Akron, Ohio 44311, 330-315-1402,
  • Karen Coffey, Christian Counselor, Marital
  • Kent Wellness Center, Individual Sessions, Counselor, Grief, 420 West Main St. Kent, Ohio 44240
  • Laura A Markley MD, Psychiatrist, Children, Akron Children’s Hospital, 330-543-4270,
  • Martha Flemming, Martha S. Flemming, LICDC, Counselor, Divorce/Family, 365 Center Rd. Bedford, Ohio 44146, 216-462-0270
  • Michael Freefdman Ph.D., 72 N Main St., #308 Hudson, Ohio 44236, 330-650-5070
  • Mollie Royce, Christian counselor, General, Cuyahoga Falls, 330.814.1001
  • Philip Epstein, Child Psychologist, psychologist, Children, Beechwood, 216.831.6611
  • St Thomas Hospital, IOP Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy, Psychiatrist, General, Dr. Todd Ivan 6-week program/ 4 hours a day
  • Stacy Simera LISW, Gary Robinson & Associates, Social Worker, 190 Currie Hall Pkwy., Suite A Kent, Ohio 44240, 330.673.5812, added 2014
  • The Grief Care Place in Stow, Grief,
  • Valerie Padd, Sexual Wellness Counselor, RN, adults, Hudson, 205.531.3867
  • W. Jeffrey Kelly Ph.D., 3559 Darrow Rd. Stow, Ohio 44224, 330.686.9100
  • Wendy Seed, Counseling for Wellness LLP, counselor, Grief, 420 West Main Street Kent, Ohio 44240, 330.677.2000
  • Barb Ziegler, A Journey of Hope Wellness Center, psychologist, Children, 1521 S. Water St. Kent, OH, 330.673.4673
  • Ted Radell, Catholic Therapist, Adults, Beechwood, 216.839.3333
  • Summit Pschyc, Medicaid-approved, has case management
  • Portage Path, Counseling, and Psychiatry services, 330.253.3100
  • Ison Petros, Catholic counselor
  • Esam Pietras, 3967 Broadview Rd. Richfield, Ohio 44286, 216-392-8855,
  • Elana Aslandies-Kandis, Suicide & Community Response Coordinator at Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
  • Dr. Ivan, formerly St. Thomas, now Summa Behavioral Health, Intensive IOP,  330-379-8190
    SHMG Juve Behavioral Health Pavilion, 45 Arch Street, Suite 600, Akron, OH 44304